- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) - Fire officials say a Maine landlord could face jail time for code violations after a July fire that left an apartment building uninhabitable.

Skowhegan Fire Chief Shawn Howard tells The Morning Sentinel (https://bit.ly/2aJKkuA ) that landlord Larry Savage is charged with criminal and civil violations that were present at the two-unit building before the July 20 blaze.

The fire left two families displaced. No injuries were reported.

It was initially believed to be caused by an overheated window fan. But officials say an investigation found that serious life-safety code violations including noncompliant walls and exposed electrical wires prompted a criminal violation of National Fire Protection Association rules.

Savage faces up to six months in jail and fines of up to $1,500. He couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.

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Information from: Morning Sentinel, https://www.onlinesentinel.com/

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